Meet our Providers

Jennifer Maw, MD


Jennifer Maw, M.D.

Dr. Maw is the owner and founder of EARS Inc. She practices exclusively Otology/Neurotology and is board certified in Otolaryngology in the United States and Canada. She has been practicing in San Jose since 1998 and has owned her private practice since 2000. She is an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at Stanford University and a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Her practice is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of ear disorders, including hearing loss, balance, and facial nerve disorders. She is highly skilled in cochlear and middle ear implantation, stapedotomy, chronic ear and vestibular surgery.

Full Bio Dr. Jennifer Maw



Michelle Inserra, MD


Michelle Inserra, M.D.

Dr. Michelle Inserra did her medical training and residency in Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery at Stanford University and Hospitals. She then completed a fellowship in Neurotology at the California Ear Institute. After finishing her medical training, she joined the Otolaryngology Department at Kaiser Permanente in Santa Clara, where she practiced subspecialty surgical and clinical care in Otology for over 10 years.

Full Bio Dr. Michelle Inserra




Behrouz Farsi PA-C


Behrouz Farsi, PA-C

Behrouz Farsi is well-versed in the diagnosis and cutting-edge management of all ear and balance-related conditions. In addition to his work as a physician assistant trained in the fields of Otology-Neurotology, Gastroenterology and Surgical Oncology, he brings to the practice a complement of expertise in the biomedical field including working as a public health specialist and NIH-trained research scientist.

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OUr Audiologists and Rehabilitation Team


Sarika Patil AU.D.


Sarika Patil, Au.D.

Dr. Sarika Patil has been with Ears Inc. since 2004 and is the Director of Audiology. She has 20 years of experience in diagnostic audiology and hearing aid technology. She has subspecialty training in cochlear implant technology and has expertise in programming all 3 manufacturers of cochlear implants that are currently available. Sarika was a co-investigator of research on the Med El Vibrant Soundbridge at EARS Inc.

Sarika has a Bachelor’s in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Mumbai, India. She received her Master’s degree in Audiology from Ohio University. She obtained her Doctorate in Audiology from Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 2007. Prior to joining EARS Inc, Sarika worked in diagnostic audiology and hearing aid dispensing at Kaiser Santa Theresa in San Jose. She is driven by her passion for working with adults with hearing impairment.


Dr. Sarah Pirko


Sarah Pirko Au.D.

Dr. Sarah Pirko graduated from the University of Southern California in 2010 with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Neuroscience. She went on to study Audiology at the University of Washington, where she received her Audiology Doctorate in 2015 after completing a clinical fellowship year at Harvard's Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Upon graduation, she was awarded the Carrel-Miner Achievement Award, recognizing outstanding clinical performance to one member of her graduating class.

Dr. Pirko worked for 5 years as an active member of the Cochlear Implant Program at the Stanford Ear Institute prior to joining EARS, Inc in January 2021. She performs both conventional and advanced diagnostic measures of the auditory system, and has expertise in programming all manufacturers of cochlear implants. She is also experienced in the selection, fitting and adjustment of state-of-the-art hearing aids, bone conduction devices, and other assistive hearing technology. She is thrilled to be a new member of the EARS team.


Liezel Caliva


Liezel Caliva, Hearing Aid Dispenser

Liezel is a South Bay Area native, who joined our team in 2007. Her passion for science led her to attend the University of California, Davis, where she earned her degree in psychobiology. Liezel started off as the front-office manager and has since received her license with the California State Hearing Aid Dispensers Bureau.  Liezel has an extensive understanding of hearing loss, hearing aids and their repair. She is fluent in Ilocano. During her free time, Liezel enjoys playing sports, cooking and traveling.

Administrative Team, Medical Assistants & Billing Team


Jacqui Garcia


Jacqui Garcia

Jacqui has over 30 years of experience in Billing and Medical Management. She has worked at EARS, INC since 1999 and has learned many skills in different departments. She is happy to support our EARS team and patients in any way she can. She is a native of Santa Clara County and attended Los Gatos High School. She then followed her mother's career path into the medical field. She is very family oriented and cherishes her time spent with her husband, two children and extended family. She is a wonderful cook and loves to entertain family and friends at her home.





Karina is a San Jose native who graduated from Lincoln High School in 1995 followed by Bryman College in 1998. She has extensive experience with assisting in pediatrics and otology. By working with the staff at EARS she is able to combine her love of Pediatrics with her knowledge of ear related problems. Karina is fluent in both English and Spanish. She has a 5 year old daughter who she enjoys spending most of her time with outside of work.





Rachel was born and raised in Santa Clara County. After years of teaching/coaching swimming and water safety, she went into the medical field after graduating from College. She has been working as a medical scribe for ear associates for 10 months, with experience in medical billing and medical administration for 16 years. She assists with handling medical billing questions with BASS medical group for our patients. Outside of EARS Inc, Rachel has two spirited children that she enjoys adventures with. Her family loves water parks, pools, lakes and of course the ocean. Camping, fishing, hiking and traveling to find new places to discover and experience are usual family vacations. On her days off she can be found tending and watering the gardens at home. Rachel loves to make baked goods, canning fruits and veggies, making jams and cooking for her family. She also carries her family traditions of quilting, needle point/embroidery and sewing.




Allyson Johnson, Surgery Coordinator

Allyson is a native of Santa Clara. After working at EARS, Inc for 5 years she took some time off to raise her three children. When her youngest child entered Kindergarten, Allyson returned to EARS, Inc and has been assisting the office with many tasks such as front desk reception, facilities and marketing. She recently accepted the position of a surgery coordinator for Dr. Jennifer Maw and Dr. Michelle Inserra. In her spare time, Allyson enjoys spending time with her large family both immediate and extended, reading, and vacationing in Tahoe and Kauai.